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Obituary: Petrelli, Louis Victor “Daddy” “Papa” “Lou”

PETRELLI, Louis Victor “Daddy” “Papa” “Lou” (Age 88) “The future is just a dream.

All we really have is today”; words Lou spoke upon receiving the news that his journey in this world was ending.

Born March 31, 1926 in Walla Walla, WA to Michel and Lena Petrelli, he was raised on a small farm along with brother, Gerald and sister, Bebe.

Lou graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1944 and went on to join the Army in 1946.

In 1947, he married his sweetheart, Norma L. Harding; they had two daughters, Lori and Sheri.

Lou was loved by all who knew him, ready with a joke or a story to tell, and gained many beloved friends throughout his lifetime.

Daddy, Papa, Lou will be greatly missed by his daughters, Sheri (Ron) Miller, Lori (Jeff) Martinelli; four grandchildren, Jessica Knudsen, Jennifer (Andy) Johnston, Brent Davis, all of Spokane, and Matt (Deanna) Miller of North Bend, WA; six great-grandchildren, Tucker and Maya Knudsen, Kaelyn, Sydney and Taylor Johnston and Hannah Miller.

Extended family includes the Soehren family, Marv and Helen, Larry, Mary, Craig and Pauline and their children, Toss Benefiel, and nephew, Michael Petrelli.

Lou will also be missed by Jean Robinson, his sweet friend and companion for the last two years of his life.

Lou was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma Petrelli, his parents Michel and Lena Petrelli, brother Gerald Petrelli, sister Bebe Benefiel, and nephew Michael Kirk.

A celebration of Lou’s life will be held at Sans Souci Club House, 3231 W. Boone, Spokane, WA on April 25 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Spokane.

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